St. Bridget’s Parish Location: St. Francis, SD Sunday Mass: 9:00 AM Pastor: Fr. John Hatcher, S.J. St. Francis Mission Phone: 605.747.2361 Parish Administrator: Mr. Tony Lusvardi, S.J. Assistant Pastor: Fr. Jim Michalski, S.J. Saint Charles Mass Sunday: 11:30AM Saint Thomas the Apostle Masses Sunday: 9:00AM
Reconciliation: Sundays, 20 min prior to Mass Daily Mass This Week NO DAILY MASSES THIS WEEK
<><><><><><><><><><><><><><April 28th, 2013<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> Welcome to the celebration of the Fifth Sunday of Easter!
Engaging the Word 1st Reading: Acts 14:21-27~ 2nd Reading: Revelation
21:1-5a ~ Gospel: John 13:31-33a, 34-35 In the musical, Les Miserables, the main character, Jean Valjean, suffers much in his life to achieve redemption and to take care of his adopted daughter. At the end of the story, her mother, who is already in heaven, arrives to bring Valjean to heaven, singing the words: “Lay down your burden. You’ve raised my child in love, and you will be with God. Come with me, where chains will never bind you, all your grief at last behind you. Take my love, for love is everlasting. To love another person is to see the face of God.” This week’s readings show us that this is the Christian message! We are not placed in this world of struggle and suffering forever. Instead, we hear that “it is necessary for us to undergo many hardships to enter the kingdom of God.” In living in Christ as His disciples, we suffer now — just as He did — and we struggle to love others as He loved us, but we move towards the infinite future good of heaven. There, we will lay down our burdens. Chains will never bind us, and love will be everlasting within all God’s family. We will see God face to face, and He will “wipe every tear from our eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, wailing or pain.” When things become tough or heartbreaking, as they often do, let us remind ourselves with St. Paul that “our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”
Holy Spirit Novena As part of our celebration of the Year of Faith, Bishop Robert Gruss has asked the Catholics of our diocese to join in praying for the Holy Spirit to bless us with His gifts next month as we prepare for the feast of Pentecost. St. Charles Parish will host this Novena with Novena Prayers, Adoration and Benediction every night at 6:00 PM from May 10— May 18. The Novena will also feature reflections on the gifts of the Holy Spirit by Eric Immel, nSJ and Tony Lusvardi, SJ. On the first and last nights of the Novena, (Friday May 10 and Saturday May 18), prayers will be followed by a light supper. Copies of the Holy Spirit Novena will also be available after next Sunday’s Mass for those who wish to pray it at home.
“Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him”.
Saint Catherine of Siena Catherine was the twenty-third child of her parents, Jacopo and Lapa Benincasa. She grew up as an intelligent, cheerful, and intensely religious person. Catherine cut off her hair in protest of her mother encouraging her to improve her appearance to attract a husband. She entered the Dominican Third Order at eighteen and spent the next three years in prayer and seclusion. She attracted a group of followers: men and women, priests and religious; an active public apostolate grew out of her contemplative life. Her letters began to comment more on public affairs, stirring controversy from the public. She worked tirelessly for peace between Florence and the pope. In the last years of her life, Catherine prayed and pleaded on behalf of Pope Urban VI for the Great Schism to end. She died in 1380. We celebrate her feast day on April 29.
In this week’s Gospel, Jesus tells us, “I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.” Among others, St. Francis Mission provides the following ongoing opportunities to grow in love:
Announcements Flea Market and Prize Bingo! Saturday May 4, Digmann Hall Flea Market 9 AM — 2 PM
Sacramental Marriage in the Church Program available at any time! Speak to Tony Lusvardi, SJ 747-2361
Tables $15 Call St. Francis Mission 747-2361 to reserve a table
12- Hour Family Recovery Program Once every six weeks. Speak to Geraldine Provincial 747-5547 or Jim Stands 259-3365
Donations of needed
Sacrament of Reconciliation 20 minutes before Mass each Sunday or at request!
A Prayer for the Souls in Purgatory Have mercy, O gentle Jesus, on the souls detained in purgatory. You who for their ransom did take upon yourself our human nature and suffer the most cruel death, pity their sighs and the tears shed when they raise their longing eyes toward you. And by virtue of your Passion, cancel the penalty due to their sins. May your Blood, O tender Jesus, your precious Blood, descend into purgatory to solace and refresh those who there languish in captivity. Reach forth your hand to them, and lead them into the realms of refreshment, light, and peace. Amen.
Prize Bingo 4 PM — 7 PM Get your ticket for St. Bridget’s May Raffle today! The next St. Bridget’s Flea Market and Prize Bingo will be Saturday June 1. Donations are needed.
Sapa Un Academy Saint Francis Mission’s Sapa Un Catholic Academy is accepting applications for it’s 3rd grade class for this coming Fall of 2013. The school features daily religious education classes, weekly Masses, Lakota language and culture courses, and a standard uniform. To apply or for more information, contact Caroline Stands, Teacher & Principal, at 605-747-2436 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Next Sunday’s Readings 1st Reading: Acts 15:1-2, 22-29 2nd Reading: Revelation 21:10-14, 22-23 Gospel: John 14:23-29